One time volunteer, Beata Mocko, explains how giving her time at the hospital gained her the skills, confidence and support she needed to land her new role as hostess at Barnet Hospital.

When Beata started volunteering at BH in December 2019, she was looking for a way to build confidence and improve her English so that she could ultimately find a job in healthcare. She also needed something that would fit around her childcare schedule and her health and social care studies.

Beata as a volunteer at Barnet Hospital
… and in her new staff role.

She started volunteering twice a week, helping with lunch services on one of the wards and assisting at the main reception as a meet-and-greet volunteer. Settling in quickly, she popped into the charity office regularly for a chat and to drop off home- baked biscuits – she always had a funny story to tell!

The pandemic brought Beata’s volunteering to an end, but she continued her studies and kept in touch. She recently gave us the great news that she started a job as a hostess at BH  in February, and is working on Olive Ward and on the medical short stay unit where she had previously volunteered.

“I just wanted to thank you all so much for giving me the chance to volunteer at Barnet,” said Beata. “At my interview I was told my volunteering experience was important as it provided hands-on experience for the role I was applying for and I believe it is a big part of the reason I got the job.

“Volunteering helped me so much, it improved my confidence, and my English got better. I also met some amazing people and all that gave me the confidence to apply for the job. My dream has come true.”